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5 Reasons why winter makes you age

11 Feb
Is it bad I'm legitimately excited for Thursday?

Is it bad I’m legitimately excited for Thursday?

1. Staying in is suddenly so much more appealing than going out to the bar. I feel like a bit of a curmudgeon about it, but then again, I don’t really care. Guys, I think the last time I went out to the bar it was 50 degrees out. And even then, I’m pretty sure I was complaining about how chilly I was. But I mean, seriously. LOOK AT THIS FORECAST.

2. Napping. I just had one of those, “Oops I just fell asleep for two hours!” moments. Because, oops! I just fell asleep for two hours.

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I bet you want a roommate that matches your decor now, huh?

3. Soup consumption. Eating nothing but soup for three months straight doesn’t sound gross or disgusting at all. It sounds good, appealing, fantastic even. Bring on the veggies! The potatoes! The cheese!

4. You’ll spend so much time inside your house or apartment, you will begin to get excited about the most menial things. Like vacuuming your rug, finishing a new crossword puzzle, mopping the salt out of your entryway, getting a letter in the mail, finding out your roommate matches your apartment decor, discovering that your streets have been plowed, and realizing your love for NPR. Wow. I just, I need to get out more.

5. Knitting. Today I knit two hats. Sorry, I am not sorry.

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Looking Local Artists: Shakespeare in Detroit

6 Dec

I love art, and theatre, and performing in front of others. I always have, and I always will. So when about a month or so ago, due to some internet magic, I be-friended Sam White on twitter, and learned about Shakespeare in Detroit, I knew I just had to get involved in some way.

Sam is the Artistic Director and founder of Shakespeare in Detroit, a “group of roving theatre artists who perform where people live, work, and play.”
The other day, I got the chance to sit down with Sam and have one of the happiest and most inspirational chats of my life about her awesome initiative to bring a full Shakespeare season to the heart of Detroit. But she can’t do it alone, and that’s why she needs your help. You need to donate to her Kickstarter campaign.

I grew up loving theatre, performance, being on stage, and bringing art to life. Sam
(and did I mention how totally awesome she is? Because she’s totally awesome.) shares this love, and wants to share it with the entire Detroit community. Come on, what’s not great about that?!

Check out this video, which gives a short synopsis of what she’s trying to, and how she’s doing it. And don’t forget to DONATE DONATE DONATE. Every little bit helps.

Also, for an awesome soundbite from Sam about why she loves Detroit, click here.

I’ve moved to a new place and I’m looking local. If you know of any artists, entrepreneurial initiatives, or just plain awesome things that are happening in the Metro-Detroit area, let me know. Chances are, I’m going to want to check them out.
For more, go to everydaybytay.com

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Looking Local: Emagine Theatres

14 Nov

This week, my buddy Curtis dragged me to go see the movie Ender’s Game with him. Although I’m an avid sci-fi/nerdy movie watcher, I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it (I did I totally did!). Nevertheless, the deciding factor for me, was that we were going to see it at Emagine in downtown Royal Oak. I had never been there before and, of course, had heard wonderful things (and you know what that means!) So, in exchange for going to see a movie that he wanted to see, I made him help me out with a Looking Local.

Rating: 4.75 out of 5 stars.

If you want to go to a movie theater that is SO MUCH MORE than just a movie theater, go to Emagine. If you want to watch movie stars while feeling like a movie star, go to Emagine. I mean, seriously. Comfy seats, cocktails, great food, decor, etc. What more could you ask for?

Oh, a bowling alley. I guess you could ask for that.

My advice? Make sure you’ve got cash and time to spend, and make a night of it! Get dinner, grab a drink, hit the bowling alley, and top it off with a great movie!

I’ve moved to a new place, and I’m looking local. If you have any suggestions for places I should try in the Detroit area, leave a comment, or give me a shout! You stay classy.

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Looking Local: Lily’s Seafood

18 Oct

This week, Curtis and I stopped by Lily’s Seafood in Royal Oak, Mi–right downtown, on Washington. I had never heard of it before, but it was so good, I want EVERYONE to hear about it now.

Rating: 4.75 out of 5 stars

Seriously, if you want to spent the rest of your life in a glorious seafood-induced coma, go to Lily’s Seafood and never leave. It has a fun, great, upbeat atmosphere, amazing rolls, and they brew their own tasty, smooth, delicious beer. They have specials every day (we landed there on Tuesday’s double entree for 13.99 special! Que delicioso!)

The only problem? The food was so good that I ate too much. I ate so much I think my stomach exploded. I both thought I could live forever and die any moment in the span of 20 minutes.

My advice? Go. Go there. GO THERE RIGHT NOW.

I’ve moved to a new place, and I’m looking local. If you have any suggestions for places I should try in the Detroit area, leave a comment, or give me a shout! You stay classy.

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Looking Local: Leon & Lulu

10 Oct

This week, Curtis and I went to Leon & Lulu in Clawson, MI–right off of 14 mile! I drove past it a few weeks ago with my mom, and she mentioned that it used to be an old roller rink, so I just knew that I had to check it out.

Overall rating 4.5 out of 5

First off, this place is HUGE. I mention it a couple times in the video, but I promise you I’m not kidding. It’s the size of at least 3 football fields (please note the obvious exaggeration), and has at least one million things in it. From clothing to furniture, knick knacks and toys to frames and rugs–if it’s eclectic and fun, and you have no idea where something so exquisitely awesome could have come from, it’s probably at Leon & Lulu. Go there. Drop everything and do it now!

The only downside was price–but what else could you expect from the world’s cutest furniture/clothing/knickknack/home decor store on the planet? If I ever become a millionaire, I am buying everything in there. Every. Single. Thing.

What was also cool was that they definitely paid tribute to the roller rink–with roller skates lining the walls, along with memorabilia in the entry way. They even kept the original concession stand from the roller rink open and running. Popcorn anyone?

My advice? Check it out. I promise that you will enjoy every second of your time in there.

I’ve moved to a new place, and I’m looking local. If you have any suggestions for places I should try in the Detroit area, leave a comment, or give me a shout! You stay classy.

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Looking Local: Little Brothers Burgers

26 Sep

This week a good friend of mine and I took a walk downtown to what we’ve heard is the best drunk food in all of Royal Oak– Little Brothers Burgers. And well, we got a little tipsy beforehand in order for it to have its full effect. Trust me, it did. Note: the food is DEFINITELY delish no matter what your sobriety level, I promise.

Little Brothers Burgers is located in downtown Royal Oak, right by Goldfish Tea–where we went last week. Funny how that works out, huh?

Overall rating: 3.75 out of 5 stars

The food was sinfully delish! The place was small, but it had this “quaint convenience” about it– you know, what every good drunk food place needs. Convenience for you to get around when you can’t really…get around. It was a little more expensive than we expected (about $9 for a burger fries and a drink combo) but it was so tasty, it was worth it! My suggestion? Try your burger with a pretzel bun–you may just die of happiness.

I’ve moved to a new place, and I’m looking local. If you have any suggestions for places I should try in the Detroit area, leave a comment, or give me a shout! You stay classy.

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Looking Local: GoldFish Tea

19 Sep

For this week’s edition of “Looking Local,” a friend of mine and I were feeling thirsty after dinner, and stumbled upon Goldfish Tea–a tea and coffee shop hidden on 4th street in Downtown Royal Oak.
The selection of tea is INCREDIBLE, there’s open mic night on Tuesday and Friday, AND there’s free wi-fi. Who could ask for more?
It’s a tad on the expensive side (about $4 for my cup of tea) however, you really get what you pay for. The atmosphere was calming and creative, the people were eclectic and friendly, and the whole experience was light-hearted and fun–not to mention delicious. Take a moment and check out this short video about GoldFish Tea!

I’ve moved to a new place, and I’m looking local. If you have any suggestions for places I should try in the Detroit area, leave a comment, or give me a shout! You stay classy.

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